I mentioned yesterday that I would create a list of resources that were specifically for writers. This will not cover everything you can find on Reddit, but I really hope it does help people and get them interested in using the site. As always, familiarize yourself with the rules of a subreddit before posting there. Make sure to join the community and get involved before you try to sell your stuff. There are places you can shamelessly self-promote, but most will just ban you and delete your stuff.
As always, please subscribe to r/Inkshares if you do sign-up for Reddit. I’m not sure how we’re going to build the community there, but I think it’s something we need to do. If you have any ideas or questions feel free to post them.
Many of resources are community-based that you can interact with other authors in your genre and learn from each other’s experiences.
r/WritingPrompts - If you are having trouble getting to work, or just need something to warm you up, the writing prompt subreddit is the place to go. There are over 6 million subscribed to it, and there are hundreds of prompts posted there daily. They come in many forms, with people posting ideas, art, or even music to inspire people to write. They also have workshops every other week focusing on different elements of writing. You can even post what you’ve written in the prompt thread and someone might comment on it or even give you constructive criticism. It’s a very respectful place.
Personal Note: I used to frequent this subreddit daily, choosing a different prompt each time, in an effort to get into the practice of writing every day. If you need to get into the habit of consistently writing this might help you.
r/Writing - You’re probably surprised that I didn’t list this one first, and there is a reason for that, mainly that it only has 175 thousand subscribers. There are all sorts of things here for you to work with. They have a self-promotion thread where you can advertise your work (I’m sure you can sense this is a common trend, it’s used to combat spam). Keep in mind that it does not allow self-promotion outside that thread, they will delete and potential ban you if you do that. They also have a critique thread where you can post your work and people will give you feedback. If you want to get to know other fledgling or experienced writers this is a good place for you to go.
r/DestructiveReaders - Please note that before submitting anything here to be critiqued you need to have somewhat thick skin (people can be jerks, and this subreddit can take it to the next level) and have already gone over someone else’s work equivalent to the word count that you are posting.
Destructive Readers is where authors go if they need someone to tear their work apart. If you want to improve your abilities this is a place for you to do it. This might be especially beneficial if you lack beta-readers. Not only will you receive comments on your work but you constantly improve your skills by dredging through what other people submit. The only goal here is to become a better writer, that’s what everyone is striving for, so keep that in mind.
r/Writers - A relatively small subreddit compared to the others, r/writers is geared towards achieving excellence in a less moderated environment. This means that you can potentially self-promote your work, to a certain extent, but you shouldn’t take this for granted.
Genre Specific Writing Subreddits
r/FantasyWriters - Not going to go into much detail here. This is dedicated to fantasy writers, they don’t want to see anything else. You can promote in the weekly check-in thread, but I’d go into more detail about your progress on projects first..
Please note I don’t have much experience with these next three. I probably will be joining them in near the future.
r/WritersOfHorror - Dedicated to horror writers. You can post your stuff here, I wouldn’t spam it.
r/SciFiWriting - Meant to discuss science and speculative fiction. You can ask for critiques of your work, and even promote yourself as long as you follow the guidelines.
r/YAWriters - Discuss your works in progress. Network. The first Tues of every month you can self-promote as shamelessly as you want in the dedicated thread.
r/WroteABook - Once your book is ready to go you can post it here.
r/Ebooks - You’ve finished your novel, your release date is right around the corner, and you want to boost your sales. You can message the mods here and then self-promote if they give the go ahead.
r/FreeEbooks - If you have something self-published, and you are doing a free weekend, post it here. It results in hundreds of additional downloads depending on genre and quality (I routinely see 175 when I post other people here). Just remember, it has to be free.
r/IndieAuthorPromotion - Dedicated specifically to indie authors. It’s a small subreddit, 77 people, but that is actually a fairly large number considering our requirements to be published.
r/EbookDeals - Let’s say your ebook has gone on sale, you can post it here. That sale can be the result of a free promotion even.
That’s all for now. It took longer than I thought, so I’m sorry it ended up later than I originally intended. I’ll be posting more soon.
Edit: We now have 15 users on the r/inkshares subreddit, which is great. I also create a thread where we can promote ourselves for the time being there. Check it out.
I’m a habitual lurker over on Reddit. Sometimes I’ll post, but unless I know for a fact I can add to the growing conversations on the site I keep to myself. The only time I step outside of these practices are to promote the works of others.
Reddit is heralded as the frontpage of the internet, and with the many different subreddits on the site you can tailor your experience to suit your needs. Due to the huge influx of individuals they have on a daily basis many people created subreddits devoted entirely to promotions, where people can post about their work or that of their loved ones, favorite authors, musicians, etc. Suffice it to say, it is a wonderful place to freely advertise yourself.
When I decided to post my novel, The Weaver Chronicles: Graft, here on Inkshares I knew I’d have to promote myself to get the book funded. It was up to me to bring in those potential buyers if I wanted to be successful. It’s really a required element to the process.
The first place I went to was reddit.com/r/kickstarter, which has over 33,000 people subscribed to it. Original intended to allow people to promote either their kickstarter campaigns, or those that they felt were interesting and deserved a wider audience, it steadily grew to include Indiegogo and other crowdfunding sites. Personally, I’ve posted a number of campaigns there, and have seen a decent influx of sales for the many projects I have supported after having done so. More importantly they have received a huge increase in traffic, which I desperately want for Graft. I want people to see, to tell their friends about it, because I have faith in it.
After doing a quick search I discovered that no one has ever posted an Inkshares project to that subreddit. This put me into a very interesting situation, as there was no precedent set I couldn’t be impetuous and just post my own, at least not without the possibility of getting banned and losing that resource for future projects. I did the only logical thing, I messaged the moderators, and I’m still waiting for a response (I’ll probably message the Mod again this week to see if I can get an update). I’m sure you all can understand how this would us all, and I hope we get a favorable response.
The next subreddit I proceeded to check was reddit.com/r/inkshares. Honestly, this should have been the first place I looked, but I wasn’t really certain Inkshares would have it’s own subreddit based on the lack of mentions of Reddit these forums. I was surprised to find one, and that are 2 posts there, and a whopping 8 subscribers.
Reddit is a fantastic resource, especially for authors, and developing an Inkshares subreddit could drastically increase the amount of traffic to our respective projects. This would help not only in regards to follows, but also by word of mouth. If people love your work, they’ll promote it for you, and it’s remarkably easy to do on Reddit where in many cases all they need to do is copy and paste a url. There is an additional benefit, we will be able to create the type of community we want for ourselves, rather than being forced to endure what already exists.
Some places on Reddit lack a certain bedside manner, people can be confrontational and downright rude, but we have the ability to ensure that does not happen. Honestly, it’s going to take effort, and I know that Reddit is daunting for many people, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Now, when posting in the r/inkshares subreddit you can also crosspost to other ones. This means that after posting to r/inkshares your post could simultaneously show up in r/crowdfunding (2,900 subscribers), r/wroteabook (3,000 subscribers if your project is funded or nearly there) and r/fantasy (over 97,000 subscribers here, but I wouldn’t necessarily self-promote there unless you use the specific thread for it or your book is on sale, it’s just an example) without much effort. Now, it becomes incredibly easy to do the same thing for our friends and fellow Inkshare authors, without the stigma that many subreddits have towards self-promotion.
I could probably go on forever about this, but I implore you to sign up for Reddit. Start checking out the other subreddits, make sure to become a part of the community before promoting yourself (stick to the rules of the subreddit, but the same thing applies for Goodreads if you haven’t already used that site), but subscribe to ours. We want people to go there, and in order for that to happen we need to cultivate a presence. People are lazy, and they can receive an astounding amount of information on Reddit very easily, we should be using it to our advantage.
If people want I can list off some subreddits where you can get started, most of which will be genre specific. If you have any questions I’ll do my best to try and answer them. It’s possible, also, for me to start helping you promote your work there, but I need you to start participating there as well.
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